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Homo consumens

One of the symptoms of our collective pathology is the constant urge to consume stuff. We consume everything with voracity: liquor, cigarettes, movies, television, lectures, books, art exhibits, sex; everything is transformed into an article of consumption.” Behind this consumptive frenzy, he thought, lies an inner vacuity, an incapacity of people to be autonomous, to be truly productive citizens and unique selves. The perennial challenge is to imagine an alternative existence for ourselves one that is ever more intelligent, humane and compassionate.

Modern society creates a type of man whom I have earlier called the homo consumens, the consumer man whose main interest becomes, aside from working from nine to five, to consume.